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The North State’s North Star | 9:00 a.m. 

In 2019 the state of North Carolina adopted a bold new goal to dramatically increase the number of North Carolinians with a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2030. Then…a pandemic happened, leaving hundreds of thousands of existing workers unemployed and hundreds of thousands of students uncertain about their future. Whole sectors of the economy are shutting down. The way people work and learn, is changing. Even as higher education fights its way through the current crisis, new ideas are emerging — about increasing affordability, shrinking the achievement gap, synching degrees and credentials with demand, improving collaborations between higher education, the private sector and community groups and growing future leaders with the skills to chart a new course into the future. Watch Session Recording 


  • Leslie Boney | Director, Institute for Emerging Issues Read Bio
  • Carol Quillen | President, Davidson College Read Bio
  • Peter Hans | President, University of North Carolina System Read Bio
  • Hope Williams | President, NC Independent Colleges and Universities Read Bio
  • Bill Carver | Interim President, NC Community College System Read Bio


Discussion Sessions | 9:35 a.m. 

These active engagement sessions are a space for participants to share stories, information, and resources and learn from others across different sectors, regions, and perspectives to explore how trends and the onset of COVID-19 are impacting higher education across North Carolina. These sessions will be facilitated by IEI staff but driven by participants. The more diverse the audience, the richer the discussion. 


  • Despite decades of effort, jarring “achievement gaps” remain when it comes to college enrollment and degree completion, especially among students of color, students from rural communities, and first-generation students. The stresses of the pandemic may exacerbate these challenges or offer new opportunities. What are we discovering about how to improve access, affordability, and completion? 
  • Future U: Technological change and the nature of work continues to evolve. Some jobs are disappearing and others are emerging: COVID-19 is only accelerating the rate of change. How can we strengthen partnerships between education and business to respond and create opportunities, and how can we make it easier for people to return to school to take advantage of it? 
  • Civic Leadership: Campus to Community During and following the pandemic, communities face both long-term and new challenges. Colleges and universities have many assets that make them uniquely positioned to offer support. How can higher education best support communities and raise up a new generation of servant leaders to take on these challenges? 
  • Open Space Circus Higher Ed Discussion: A space to discuss other topics that meeting participants want to address. Bring your ideas, observations, passion, and anxieties. Consider this the hallway, the backroom, that place to really talk. 


Sharing Assembly | 10:20 a.m.

This session will feature higher education students who will share how they are feeling in this moment, what they need from the higher education system in order to succeed, and offer key takeaways from each of the listening sessions. Watch Session Recording


  • Leslie Garvin | Executive Director, NC Campus Compact Read Bio


  • Jason Fyle | AB Tech, Class of 2021, AAS HVAC
  • Melanie Flowers | NC State University, Class of 2021, BS Communication, (concentrated in) Public Relations Read Bio
  • Dametri S. Pratt | Fayetteville State University, Class of 2023, BS in Psychology


Leading in Transformation | 11 a.m.

Higher education leaders are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 today, even while adapting and innovating to meet the needs of the future. Watch Session Recording



  • Randy Woodson | Chancellor, NC State University Read Bio
  • Kim A. Wilcox | Chancellor, University of California, Riverside Read Bio
  • William Serrata | President of El Paso County Community College District Read Bio


A Vision for the Future | 11:30 a.m. 

Transformation is coming and we can either roll with it or lead it. It will require a  transformational mindset, and these remarks will speak to the five key elements of transformation in education, highlight examples of transformation in higher education across the nation and learn how students are responding. Watch Session Recording (starts at 29:20 within the video)


  • Kelly Young | President, Education Reimagined Read Bio


Closing | 11:45 a.m. 

Watch Session Recording (starts at 45:10 within the video)


  • Leslie Boney | Director, Institute for Emerging Issues Read Bio